Town Hall Meeting – We will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday October 18 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. A presentation and discussion will be held regarding a proposal for preserving the Sanctuary and capital requirements.

Kroger Community Rewards – We receive a percentage of the amount of money spent at Kroger by folks who have connected their Kroger Card to St. John’s. This past quarter there were 3 families participating and we received $52.13. You can help by connecting your Kroger Rewards Card to St. John’s Episcopal Church NPO #89481. For more information please contact the Rector.
October 8, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21)
First Lesson:  Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Second Lesson:  Philippians 3:4a-14
Gospel:  Matthew 21:33-46

Lay Participants for October 8, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Kathy
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  David and Lynn (substitute)

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Oct. 1:
Oakland Christian UCC Fall Fest – Oakland Christian UCC will hold their 23rd Annual Fall Fest on Saturday November 4 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. There will be a wide variety of things to purchase in preparation for your holiday season including: a Silent Auction, Grandma’s Pantry, Candy Shop, Baked goods, Brunswick Stew, Chicken Salad, Pimento Cheese, and outside vendors. Stop by and have a great time.

Worship Volunteers – Please consider volunteering to assist with worship. It would be helpful to have a few more people who can assist as a Reader or Usher. Ushering, while a simple task, is an important function of our church’s ministry. The ushers are the face of the Parish on Sunday.

Flowers – Thank you to all who have signed up for flowers this year. Due to the new supplier, there is a slight reduction in cost. We are charged $92.50 for flowers, and flowers last for two weeks. If you have more questions, please contact Lynn.

Church Quiz – Over the coming weeks we will have a “Church Quiz” as part of our announcements and e-News. All are invited to think about and answer the week’s question. Answers will be provided the following week.
Last week’s question and answer: Question What, then, is our assurance as Christians? Answer: Our assurance as Christians is that nothing, not even death, shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. (BCP 862)
This week’s question: What is the definition of the word “Eucharist”? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Gospel reading Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20, “The Ten Commandments.” Next week we will discuss our Gospel reading Matthew 22:1-14, “The Parable of the Wedding Banquet.” All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – This Sunday we sing the portion of the Psalter together using a metrical version of the Psalter from A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher Webber as we sing Psalm 19 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 526, “Let saints on earth in concert sing” (Dundee) from the Hymnal. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

Hospitality hour Sign-up – The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board; please sign-up for an upcoming Sunday. If you would like to help but cannot provide all the items for coffee hour/lemonade on the lawn any assistance, even a single item, will be graciously accepted.

Upcoming Parish Events – Ongoing: Tuesdays – Boy Scouts meeting. Oct. 9 – Columbus Day Holiday; Oct. 14 – James River Rug Hookers; Oct. 16 – Junto Women’s Club; Oct. 17 – Vestry Meeting; Oct. 18 – Town Hall Meeting.

Thought for the week – Children of God: The truest thing about us is not our sins, not the mistakes we have made, not the pain we have caused others. The truest thing about you and me is that we are God’s beloved children, fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image – and created for Life and Love.

– Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tuesdays                   * Boy Scouts meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Oct. 9th           * Columbus Day Holiday – Office closed
Sat. Oct. 14th            * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Oct. 16th         * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group meeting – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Oct. 17th           * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Oct. 18th         * Town Hall Meeting – 7:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Oct. 28th            * Parish Fall clean-up – 8:00 – 11:00 am
Sun. Oct. 29th          * All Saints’ Potluck – Following worship
Tue. Oct. 31st           * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)

For Michael, our presiding bishop; Holly, our bishop; Jay our assistant bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Steve, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Gary, Jimmye, Kevin, Margaret, Richard, Mike and Gail, Opal, Aleck, Carolyn, Diane, Tanya, Charles, Ann, Lee, and Walter.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Alexander, Leon, Thomas, Alan, Sheldon, Elizabeth, Brandon, and Bryan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: David
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Carter & Ellen Sinclair – Ordination Process
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Alan Smith – The Bishop of St Albans, Canterbury, England. The Rt. Rev. Richard Atkinson – The Bishop of Bedford, Canterbury, England. The Rt. Rev. Alan Smith – The Suffragan Bishop of Hertford, Canterbury, England.

The Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Schuler Crane by Claiborne M. Ball.

Birthdays in October
Charles 09                 Marvin 20
Tina 27

Anniversaries in October
Fr Les & Kathy 01                Pretlow & Mary Kemple 04
Burr & Jennifer 08 

If you are in need of Pastoral Care

Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409 

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

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